War of the Rebellion: Serial 056 Page 0278 KY.,SW.VA.,Tennessee,MISS.,N.ALA.,AND N.GA. Chapter XLIII.

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CINCINNATI, November 30, 1863-7.30 p.m.

President LINCOLN:

The wisdom and foresight of your railroad scheme to Tennessee is now acknowledged by all men of sense. Press it in your message.

W. G. BROWNLOW.

CINCINNATI, November 30, 1863.

Maj. General U. S. GRANT:

There are no troops in the district except the prison guards, &c., raised and enlisted to serve within the State. There is a part of a regiment here doing guard duty, about 400 effective men. Shall I send them?

J. D. COX,

Brigadier-General.

CHATTANOOGA, November 30, 1863.

COMMANDING OFFICER,

Eastport, Miss.:

You will evacuate Eastport and move all the forces at that place to Columbus, Ky., reporting to Brig. General A. J. Smith. Send all the quartermaster's, commissary, and ordnance stores not required for immediate use by your command to Nashville, Tennessee, via Cumberland River.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

CHATTANOOGA, November 30, 1863.

Admiral D. D. PORTER,

Mound City, Illinois:

Please send above dispatch by gun-boat to Eastport with instructions to turn back all transports it may meet to Eastport for the transportation of troops at that place, and if you are of opinion that there are not sufficient boats in Tennessee River to transport the troops, you will please advise General Reid, at Cairo, who will order forward a sufficient [number] for that purpose.

U. S. GRANT,

Major-General.

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE TENNESSEE,

Charleston, Tennessee, November 30, 1863.

Maj. General F. P. BLAIR, Jr.,

Commanding Fifteenth Corps:

GENERAL: The general commanding announces the fact that orders have been received to move at once to Knoxville to the relief of General Burnside. We must march with the utmost expedition, living upon the country. General Granger is marching by the river road, attended by a steam-boat loaded with provisions. We make a junction with him at Kingston, and perhaps can get some rations